Boxee Box “Can’t connect to internet” fix, cloned Boxee services

The Boxee Box was a short lived but powerful set top box by D-link that was released 2010 and discontinued 2012.

All Boxee Boxes relied on an application server hosted by D-link at boxee.tv for periodic phone-home calls and service endpoints.

In June 2019 these application servers went down, resulting in all Boxee Boxes still in operation throwing “Can’t connect to internet” errors and all user profiles and apps going offline.

In August 2019 I released a small python Flask app, boxee-server-light, to replace the downed boxee.tv servers. This code was created by referencing an existing project by Jimmy Conner (cigamit, boxeed.in forums).

To use it, you’ll need to add DNS entries for all boxee application urls, pointing to the boxee-server-light application.

For example:

18.213.38.199  app.boxee.tv
18.213.38.199  api.boxee.tv
18.213.38.199  dir.boxee.tv
18.213.38.199  s3.boxee.tv
18.213.38.199  t.boxee.tv
18.213.38.199  res.boxee.tv
18.213.38.199  0.ping.boxee.tv
18.213.38.199  1.ping.boxee.tv
18.213.38.199  2.ping.boxee.tv
18.213.38.199  3.ping.boxee.tv
18.213.38.199  4.ping.boxee.tv
18.213.38.199  5.ping.boxee.tv
18.213.38.199  6.ping.boxee.tv
18.213.38.199  7.ping.boxee.tv
18.213.38.199  8.ping.boxee.tv
18.213.38.199  9.ping.boxee.tv
18.213.38.199  dl.boxee.tv

… where the IP is the address of the Flask application.

For those who are unable to run their own DNS or this application, I am hosting a public version of this code. You can add my public DNS server to your router config, or set it as custom DNS on your Boxee Box in network settings. You can also point directly to my public application server using your own DNS.

My public DNS server is by whitelist only, so please email me if you would like access.

Public DNS server address: 18.211.111.89
Public application server address: 18.213.38.199

For more up to date info and discussion, check out my Reddit post:
https://www.reddit.com/r/boxee/comments/ci4ugj/boxee_cloned_server_updates_working_server/

 



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